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'We Bought a Zoo' Soundtrack review - Various Artists

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Jonsi | 'ZOO' TUNES Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi populates the Crowe's score with swooning orchestral arrangements
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We Bought a Zoo

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Various Artists
genre:
Soundtracks

We gave it a B

After using several Sigur Rós songs in 2001’s Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe hired the Icelandic band’s elfin frontman, Jónsi, to score his latest. The resulting soundtrack for We Bought a Zoo — thick with multitracked vocals, plaintive piano, and swooning orchestral arrangements by classical-music hotshot Nico Muhly — feels more or less indistinguishable from a Sigur Rós album, though Jónsi does flash a refreshingly frisky side on ”Gathering ­Stories,” which he co-wrote with Crowe. B

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